by Susie Crosby
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 NIV
Do I matter?
The question makes its way into hearts too often it seems. I remember sitting with a devastated friend who had been betrayed by some of the closest people in her life. Their self-serving choices had left her feeling misunderstood and alone. Disregarded. Left. Forgotten.
In her pain she kept repeating, “I just want to matter. I just want to matter.”
Jesus hears that cry from every one of our hearts. That’s why he tells us about the sparrows.
I read this verse and picture these fragile, tiny sparrows darting around in the brush. Five of them together were worth only a small amount of money in Jesus’ time. I don’t know what they would cost today, but the important point is that it would not be much.
Jesus knew when he spoke these words that we would struggle with feelings of worthlessness in this life. He knew that people would break our hearts. He knew that everywhere on earth we could possibly turn would be laden with pressure to measure up, fit in, be noticed, and prove that we have value.
And he knew that striving to prove our worth would often take us to dark, empty places that reinforce the lie that we are worthless. That maybe we don’t really matter.
But when we find ourselves in these lonely places, Jesus wants us to remember that he has never forgotten us. And he never, ever will.
Some of the most healing words in the English language mean the opposite of forgotten: remembered, cherished, treasured, and attended to.
Jesus our great high priest remembers us as he intercedes for us before our Father.
Jesus our true friend cherishes us–delighting in who he has made us to be as we grow closer to him. He responds to us every time we reach for him.
Jesus our Savior cherished us so much that he died on the cross in our place.
And Jesus our faithful shepherd attends to us–tenderly and fiercely taking care of his precious lambs.
We are more important than those precious sparrows to Jesus. As much as he loves them, he adores and delights in us even more. We can trust that we are never forgotten by Jesus because we matter–more than anything–to him.
The Lord takes pleasure in His people. Psalm 149:4 NASB
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About the author: Susie is a grateful mom of two (almost) grown boys who currently live and go to school in Honolulu, Hawaii. She and her husband live in a seaside town in the Puget Sound region called Mukilteo. They love to hike and kayak, they are huge Seattle sports fans, and they mostly love hanging out at home with their little dog Koko. Susie teaches P.E., Art, Technology, and Music at an all-kindergarten school which keeps her busy full time. Her passion and joy is sharing encouraging words with the people she loves. She is an active blogger and speaker, and she is the author of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In. She is always on the lookout for fun coffee shops, inspiring books, remote beaches, and farmers’ markets. Connect with Susie at www.susiecrosby.com.
Join the conversation: What other verses do you know that point out our significance to God?